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State settles inmate’s lawsuit for $115K

December 23, 2018

The state has agreed to settle an inmate’s federal lawsuit alleging two nurses in the medical clinic at the Lincoln Correctional Center ignored symptoms that he was having a heart attack in 2015.

Aron Boyd-Nicholson, 44, will get $115,000, according to the Nebraska Attorney General’s office, which represented the nurses.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Omaha in 2015, Boyd-Nicholson accused the nurses of being deliberately indifferent to his medical needs in violation of the Eighth Amendment.

On Aug. 11, 2015, he became dizzy while folding laundry, collapsed in his cell and was taken to the medical clinic, where he complained of chest pains, sweating, dizziness and feeling weak.

The nurse sent him back to his cell and said to come back to the clinic the next day if his symptoms continued. A day later, he felt worse and filled out an inmate interview request, saying it felt like there was a knot in his chest.

For the next five days, he wasn’t treated. Until, on Aug. 17, 2015, he was taken to a hospital in an ambulance. Blood tests there indicated he’d had a heart attack, according to court records.

In July, Senior U.S. District Judge Richard G. Kopf denied the state’s motion for summary judgment in the case. The case headed toward trial until Friday, when the case was dismissed after the parties agreed to the settlement.

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